Portable Recorders

A handheld or portable recorder is an immensely useful device. You can use this electronic device to record any audio. Be it recording an interview or using it as a dictaphone, or even using it as a field recorder: various are the benefits that this small device offers. With technology playing a big role in how the modern portable recorders perform, you have this small device helping you keep souvenirs and sounds for cheaper and cheaper. If you compare prices online, you're almost certain to find the best offers for this compact and useful device! Before you do that, here is some advice about what to look for to make the best choice! Read buying guide

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Choosing your portable recorder

 

How many recording tracks do you need?

Choosing a portable recorder is easy when you know the purpose for which you will use it. For instance, if you want to use it during live events, a two-track recording mode is enough. Most of the portable recorders that you find in the market offer two-track recording. But don’t limit yourself to these devices if your need is more. There are portable recorders that offer up to six-track recording. These recorders are especially important where you want to capture audio from different sources simultaneously.

 

Make sure you have adequate battery backup

Trivial it may seem, but you could be trouble if you don’t carry batteries for your portable recorder. These recorders can work on two types of batteries depending on their design. Some of the recorders have those batteries that need to be replaced when they get completely discharged and the other recorders work on chargeable batteries. In the case of the former, you need to carry spare batteries and in the case of the latter, you need to carry a charger. In case you don’t have a place to charge, carrying a power bank is a good idea.

 

Use ample data storage space

Since you will be recording a lot of data, it is important that you have adequate storage space in your portable recorder. Depending on the type of recorder you choose, the data can be stored in Micro SD cards. These cards may look small but they can store a lot of data. When you are in the process of selecting your portable device, it is important that you choose one that has a slot for a Micro SD card.

 

Make sure you look at the microphone

Now let us consider the microphone. Most of the modern portable recorders have in-built microphones to capture audio. You will find this arrangement extremely convenient. You even get portable recorders for which the microphones can be adjusted. If you are in a press conference where 30 other recorders are thrust in the face of the speaker, a recorder with an adjustable microphone may just give you that edge. You can push the microphone closer to the speaker so that clear sound is captured. Most of the recorders also allow you to alter the volume of the audio capture. This can be done with buttons or a knob. Go through the features of some of the recorders and see what you prefer. Some of the recorders have microphones that can eliminate background noise. If you plan on recording in noisy places, it is worth spending your money for this feature!

 

Check out the data transfer features

Today everything works on computers and you need to choose a handheld device from which audio data can be easily transferred to your computer. If you use a Micro SD card then there is no problem transferring the data. However, if you have stored the data in the in-built storage space of the recorder, you should have a device that can transfer the data to your computer easily.

 

Make sure you have adequate battery backup

Trivial it may seem, but you could be trouble if you don’t carry batteries for your portable recorder. These recorders can work on two types of batteries depending on their design. Some of the recorders have those batteries that need to be replaced when they get completely discharged and the other recorders work on chargeable batteries. In the case of the former, you need to carry spare batteries and in the case of the latter, you need to carry a charger. In case you don’t have a place to charge, carrying a power bank is a good idea.

 

 

Which portable recorders for which use?

 

Zoom H2 gives you the feeling that it is a studio condenser microphone, but it's actually a portable recorder. It has four in-built microphones and connects using USB 2.0. Recording can be done in stereo in WAV or MP3 formats. Recording in 360° using all four microphones is also possible and you can later decode the recording into 5.1 surround sound. This device can also be used as a USB microphone or a computer audio interface for podcasts and voice-overs.

 

Do you want to act like a secret agent and record someone’s voice without him being aware of it? How about choosing a portable recorder that looks like a pen? This recorder can store data up to 4GB and doesn’t at all look like a recorder. You can keep it inside your shirt pocket and its powerful microphone can easily pick up the voice of someone standing in front of you or close to you.

 

Your portable recorder can also be in the form of a keychain. With a beautiful white body interspersed with a bright green, this portable recorder can be attached to the loops of your pants and you can turn it on easily and record voices all around you.

 

There are also the standard portable recorders that are available with or without any LED screen. Zoom is definitely the frontrunner in the production of these devices. Among other manufacturers, you should also consider Tascam and Philips.

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